If you are looking for an easy treat, make Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies. The secret is a cake mix and the cookies are soft and decadent.

Close up image of cream cheese cookies stacked
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Cake mix cookies are so fun and easy. This new recipe for cream cheese cookies does not disappoint. It is so delicious and tastes amazing. If you like cheesecake, you will love the flavor of these cookies.

You can never go wrong a delicious cookie recipe and cake mix cookies are one of my favorites. We love making them for the holidays and this Christmas Cake Mix Cookies is always a family favorite.

If your family loves cream cheese flavor, try making Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

You can’t go wrong with these delicious little cookies. They are soft and chewy and perfect. Anytime you want something sweet but easy, make this for a super easy cookie.

They are made with simple ingredients and can be made in a variety of ways.

We make these for parties, game night, holidays and more. It is also the perfect treat to make for potlucks or anytime you need a treat that does not take a ton of work, time or money.


Ingredients needed for cream cheese cake mix cookies - white cake mix, cream cheese, butter, egg, vanilla extract, powdered sugar
  • Box White Cake Mix
  • Brick Cream Cheese
  • Butter
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar 

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  • Cake Mix- Try substituting Vanilla Cake Mix, Yellow Cake Mix or Red Velvet Cake Mix. These are also delicious and a great substitute for the white cake mix.
  • Use a Homemade Cake Mix – Our Homemade Cake Mix Recipe is amazing to use in this recipe.
  • Chocolate Chips- My kids love when I have added chocolate chips to the cookie mixture before baking. Sometimes I will just toss in a handful of chocolate chips to change up the flavor. They love it!

Step by Step Instructions

Beating the cream cheese and butter together with a hand mixer in a bowl

Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, mix the cream cheese and butter together using a hand mixer in a large bowl. Keep mixing until you everything is a cream consistency. 

Mixing the egg and vanilla into the cream cheese mixer and beating with a hand mixer

Step 2 – Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until it is well combined.

Adding in the cake mix to the cream cheese mixture with a mixer

Step 3 – Add the cake mix and combine until the mixture is thoroughly combined. It will be thick but that is ok.

Scooping the cookie dough with a cookie scoop and placing on a parchment lined baking sheet

Step 4 – You need a baking sheet and I like to line it with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Start scooping the dough into tablespoons and placing on the cookie sheet. You can also use a medium cookie scoop if you have one.

Baked cookies just out of the oven on the baking sheet

Step 5 – Bake Cookies for about 9 to 11 minutes or until the edges are set. Keep a close eye on them so you don’t overbake them.

Cooling cookies on a cooling rack

Step 6 – Once you remove the cookies from the oven, allow them to cool on the baking sheet before removing them. Top with powdered sugar once the cookies are cool.

Recipe Tips

  • Cookie Scoop – Use a cookie scoop to make scooping the cookies so easy. You can do a bunch quickly. I also like that each cookie is uniform and they bake evenly.
  • Baking Sheet– You need a good baking sheet. It’s a good idea to replace them once they get dark brown on the bottom because it will impact your cookies.
  • Cooling Cookies – All the cookies to rest on the baking sheet one you have removed them from the oven. They will continue cookie to the perfect texture.
  • Cream Cheese – When making this recipe, make sure the cream cheese has softened. This helps to create a smooth and creamy texture.
Close up image of stacked cream cheese cookies

How to Store

Put the cookies inside an air tight container and they can be stored at room temperature for 4 to 5 days. You can also freeze them up to 3 months.

Sometimes I will make a double batch just to have extra to freeze. They are so good!

Cream cheese cookies on a platter

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Cake Mix Go Bad?

Yes, cake mix does have an expiration date. We do recommend making these cookie’s with fresh ingredients. If you need more information on How to Know if Cake Mix is bad we have gathered all the information.

Can you Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze these cake mix cookies. Store in a freezer safe container and they will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

More Easy Cake Mix Cookies

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Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies

4.79 from 19 votes
If you are looking for an easy treat, make Cream cheese cake mix cookies. The secret is a cake mix and the cookies are soft and decadent.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 154


  • (1)15.25 oz. box white cake mix
  • (1) 8 oz. brick cream cheese {softened}
  • 1/2 cup butter {softened}
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
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  • Combine the cream cheese and butter with a hand held mixer until you have a cream consistency.
  • Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix until incorporated.
  • Add the cake mix and mix until it is well combined and thick.
  • Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough {using a medium scoop or 1 ½ tablespoons} onto a parchment {or silicone} lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges are set
  • Remove your cream cheese cake mix cookies from the oven and let them cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  • Once cooled sprinkle top with powdered sugar.
  • Store cookies in an air tight container at room temperature for 4-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 154kcal, Carbohydrates 15g, Protein 2g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 29mg, Sodium 217mg, Potassium 77mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 8g, Vitamin A 271IU, Calcium 39mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Pat Distasio says:

    5 stars
    Hi Carrie,
    Made the cream cheese cookies with white chocolate chips and cranberries. They were incredible! By far the best cookies I’ve ever made. Thank you so much for the recipe. They’re permanently on our “must have” list! Merry Christmas